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for a while did not have washington representation. i found that amazing because bill gates was an intern on capitol hill for a while. he should have known better that you can't have a business model without having some relationship with the government with such a large corporation. he's been in this position since 2003. prior to that, he was a deputy assistant to the president for cabinet affairs and that's described in the biography that's handed out to you. and before that, he worked -- for 12 years at wexler & walker and for a while it was ann wexler's firm while there he was and you know about wexler walker because we had joe molina talking about coalition-building. it's widely respected. he searched in the george h.w. bush's re-election campaign. he's been in the white house in other positions. and he has a publication that i've uploaded to blackboard for you. i recommend it for you on government relations. some of -- how many of you have read it. oh, good, so most of you have read it. [laughter] >> they are on top of this. they are very busy. we're going nine days on this. he's a g
-- for this morning's " washington journal." back tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern. enjoy the rest of this martin luther king holiday. . [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] . >> president barack obama talks about dr. king and his legacy and an update on the martin luther king memorial. we'll also look to the establishment of mlk day. coming up later today, live coverage of new virginia governor bob mcdonnell in his first state of the commonwealth address. we will begin at 7:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. ).zÑtonight, larry cohen, the hd of the communications workers of america and what the federal government's role should be an expanding communication in the communication that is on c-span 2. now president barack obama on the legacy of martin luther king jr. he commemorated the birthday of the late civil rights leader yesterday. president barack obama spoke at the historic thurmont avenue baptist church in the nation's capital where dr. king once preached. his remarks are about half an hour. [applause] >> good morning.
is the advocacy groups. in 1971. rev. abernathy came to washington and delivered petitions of 3 million signatures, asking that this bill we passed. a number of trade unions throughout the country took on the cause. it is also the passage of the legislation and they were very involved in the state legislature in getting the state to pass holiday bills before we got a federal bill. the advocacy groups whabrought buses to washington so that there would be a public demonstration around the passage of the bill. advocacy groups sponsored petition drives around the country. 6 million signatures were delivered to congress and it is noted that these were the most signatures ever received on behalf of a piece of legislation. stevie wonder recorded the happy birthday song and it was very important. at the time, he probably did not think it was that much of a big deal. it became sort of the national anthem of the movement. also, the fact that the water was going to be out on the mall help attract more people to come out there and support the legislation. he put a lot of his own money into this campaign. he b
-- of the federal government or current administration in washington. governor perry and medina in splar have said they understand why some texans may be interested in su seeding from the united states. we want to know how far would you go to break ties in washington. name one federal program you really like and tell us whether you would push to end or -- any specific program or loss, governor perry? >> the program i love the most that the federal government is involved with is our united states military forces. there is not anything i would do except make sure we take care of those veterans when they come back from spending time looking after our freedom, but that's the greatest program the united states government has. i always say there's three things the government ought to do well, deliver our mail, stand military and defend our borders. i guess one out of three ain't bad. >> well, governor, you've also been critical. and there's a word going around the campaign circle, nullification. tell us, would you opt to nullify or end any specific program or federal program we are now involved with her
's attorney general talks about possible effect on states. and on this morning's "washington journal," topics include irs regulation, financial market oversight, and health care. "washington journal begins at the top of the hour at 7:00 eastern. president barack obama will be at the capitol this afternoon to attend a jobs summit with house democrats. live coverage begins at 4: 45 eastern. later today on c-span 2, we will produce a debate with the republican candidates for governor is -- governor of texas. the incumbent.cx governor will e involved. live coverage begins at 8:00 eastern. a group of state attorneys general said they may file a lawsuit of for a particular provision in the senate version of a health-care legislation. henry mcmaster of south carolina is part of the effort. he talked about the constitutionality of the health care bill at the national press club. this is about one hour. i am a washington correspondent for work-force management which is a magazine. ñri am sure of that national nes national press club news makers committee. i am coming near the end of my tenure. in thr
and online. thanks for being with us this morning. that will about do it for washed -- for "washington journal" this morning. we will be back at 7:00 a.m. eastern tomorrow. have a great day. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2009] . . >> she received nearly 54% of the vote in a runoff last month. for live coverage of the inauguration, we will have it in half an hour. right now, a seminar on coalition building an issue campaigns. live coverage continues throughout the day. tonight, on the communicators, president of the internet corporation for assigned names and numbers. it is a nonprofit agency responsible for managing internet names and addresses. now available, c-span2 book, abraham lincoln. a great read for any history buff. it is a unique and contemporary perspective on lincoln. for lincoln's early years until his life in the white house and his relevance today. abraham lincoln, in hard cover at your favorite book seller. more and more at cspan.org. >> live coverage of the houston mayors inauguration's. up un
. on today's "washington journal," live with your phone calls. and live coverage of the u.s. house as they work on several suspension bills including measures related to relief efforts in haiti. the senate homeland security committee holds a hearing today on aviation security and the christmas day bombing plot. homeland security secretary janet napolitano and national intelligence director dennis blair are among those scheduled to testify. you can watch it live on c-span3 beginning at 9:30 a.m. eastern time or watch it online at c-span.org. abigail adams had to remind john adams to remember the ladies when creating a new government. dolly madison had to encourage her once shy husband james this weekend on "afterwards," the intimate lives of the founding fathers. thomas flemming profiles the women who played a central part in creating our country. afterwards, part of this week's "book tv." massachusetts voted for republican scott brown yesterday in a special election to finish the remaining two years in ted kennedy's senate term. in a moment we'll bring you scott brown's victory spe
. washington center for internships and academic seminars hosts this event that he speaks for an hour. >> is my time to welcome our first guest speakers today, juan zarate. zarate, to the inside washington weeklong seminar, congress and the obama presidency. this program is one that brings to washington undergraduate students from all over the united states. i've been associated with this program as faculty director for about 10 years. and this is a program which is very dear to my heart. and we have consistently had some of the best, most authoritative speakers available. and cerda, this is true of juan zarate. there is a scene in the 1975 movie about the watergate invasion, all the presidents men. and there's a meeting in an underground washington garage and watch how holbrook, playing an informant known by the name of deep throat, tells robert redford playing bob warburg, the "washington post" reporter, that if he wants to find out who is responsible for the water great burglary, at democratic party headquarters, at the watergate, you should follow the money. well, we have some here today wh
in washington. he heads the child advocacy institute. we are delighted that you could join us. >> good afternoon, everyone. my name is dr. joseph wright. i'm a pediatric emergency physician and the senior vice president at children's national medical center. i had to the child health advocacy institute. i practiced in level one trauma centers for more than 20 years. i was direct witness to the fact that motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for 16 to 20-year olds in this country each year. approximately 450,000 teenagers are injured each year. of those killed, approximately 63% of our drivers and 37% are passengers. 2/3 of the passengers who die in car crashes are male. what we have to remember in what we have already heard is that each and every one of these cases represents an individual and family tragedy. lives end and changed forever. as the father of two young men in the highest risk category, i'm not only professionally concerned, but very personally concerned about this on a daily basis. the american academy of pediatrics has a long record of supporting child sa
] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] >> on tomorrow morning's "washington journal" an update on congress. after that, former republican party chairman ed gillespie and later, juan williams talks about race, politics, and the news. this starts each morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span, and later in the morning, mitch mcconnell along with other gop senators talked to reporters about afghanistan, u.s. foreign policy, and the senate's agenda. that is live at 10:00 a.m. eastern. now the final debate for the open seat formerly held by ted kennedy. the candidates are scott brown and joseph kennedy. this event was held at done edward kennedy institute in boston. independent candidate joe kennedy is not related to senator ted kennedy, who died last summer. >> good evening. i want to welcome all of you to this closing debate among the candidates for next week's elections to the united states senate. tuesday will be a crucial time here in massachusetts. voters will go to the polls and select a person who may well determine the outcome of a long fight over health care legisl
dominated washington for decades, it's time to try something new. let's invest in our people without leaving them a mountain of debt. let's meet our responsibility to the citizens who sent us here. let's try common sense. a novel concept. to do that, we have to recognize that we face marne deficit of dollars right now -- face more than a deficit of dollars right now we face a deficit of trust. deep and corrosive doubts about how washington works that have been growing for years. to close that credibility gap, we have to take action on both ends of pennsylvania avenue. to end the influence of lobbyist, do our work openly to give our people the government they deserve. now that's what i came to washington to do. that's why for the first time in history my administration posts on our white house visit -- posts all our white house visitors online. that's why we excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs. but we can't stop there. it's time to require lobbyists to disclose each contact they make on behalf of a client with my administration or with congress. it's time to put strict limits on the con
how much the democrats are going to lose in congress. scene of about washington, d.c. what about afghanistan itself? there are four issues, and they are not totally linked, and is afghanistan, pakistan, taliban, and outside of. i do not have time to get into pakistan, but it will probably depend on internal factors. in terms of afghanistan, let me repeat that we do not have any vital interest in afghanistan. we do not have any vital interest except domestic national security. that is why we are in afghanistan. we're looking closely to yemen. 10 years ago we would have been looking at the sudan, so you can see we do not have any vital interest in afghanistan itself except for domestic national security interests. that leads to the next question. what is the threat here in the united states and the west? i have done a survey of all of the al qaeda plots in the last 20 years since the creation of al qaeda. there has been no outsider insurgents as trumpeted three years ago even by some people on this panel. there have been only two lots with 2 al qaeda, and probably in new york -- tw
lenders backed by the federal housing initiative. on "washington journal" tomorrow morning, two house members on the attempted bombing of the northwest airlines flight. the democratic rep is a member of the intelligence committee, and republican representative peter hoekstra is the ranking member. we will take questions on the unemployment rate and plans for job creation, and we will discuss education. this is live every day at 7:00 a.m. eastern. a couple of live events to tell you about tomorrow morning. the first meeting of the inquiry commission is on c-span 2. they look at the causes of the financial situation, including testimony from the bank of america, morgan stanley, j.p. morgan chaise, and goldman sachs. and witnesses include representatives from the department of defense and state and the head of the u.s. pacific command. that is live at 10:00 a.m. eastern. >> the deadline is approaching to enter the 2010 student cam contest. top prize $5,000. just create a five minutes to 8 minute video on one of our country's greatest strengths or of challenge the country faces. enter bef
diplomats in washington since yesterday's launch with the d.c.m.? >> not yet, no. >> do you plan to call anybody in? sorry. >> well, we will continue to talk to china on this issue. it touches on things that are very important to us, internet freedom, network security, and human rights. and, you know, we will -- as the secretary said earlier this week, this incident raises serious questions, and we have and will continue to seek answers from china. and we will have further conversations with china, but i'm not aware that there have been any since yesterday. >> you said that there will be a march. will it be a protest or -- >> we will have further discussions with china. when those occur, we'll let you know. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] we will >> logon to our website for more information from haiti. that and more at c-span.org. the house democratic caucus met today for a summit at the capitol. afterward, members of the leadership spoke with reporters to discuss their ideas for job creation as low as the s
that it has to be, without question, there are two. one is the march on washington speech. i was watching it on television. i started out watching it while i was lying down. when it was over i was standing straight up. [laughter] it is something i did not witness, the second thing, something i heard and i read, which is he was sitting in his kitchen after terrorists-type attacks on his family and his talhome and monday was wondering if it was worth it and he felt he was going to give up. the scene was a naked light bulb hanging over his head, of their kitchen table, the profits sitting there, just him and god. he said that at that moment of deep despair and frustration and resignation, he heard the collective unconscious of its people speak, in the words of the negro spiritual, "sometimes i feel discouraged and think my works in vain, but then the holy spirit revives my soul against." and he got up and kept working. >> ok. whoever wants to answer, answer and do it as deeply as you can, please. this could go on a long time. regarding the statement, the constitution is god's dr. meand, wher
: you can take a look at their website. thanks for joining us. that will do it for "washington journal" on this monday morning. we're back tomorrow morning as usual at 7:00 a.m. eastern. we will see you then. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] . . ah >> reporters may ask white house spokesman robert gibbs about these issues, and we will have live coverage at today's white house briefing. that will start at about 1:00 p.m. eastern. a quick programming note -- due to high winds and washington, we are unable to bring some events to you live. we are recording the programs and will show them to you later on our programming schedule. senate armed services committee chairman carl levin recently returned from visiting afghanistan and pakistan. today he will talk about what he saw. we will have live coverage on c- span. the senate the devils and at 2:00 p.m. eastern today, and will -- the senate gavels in at 2:00 p.m. eastern today. later this week, they are expected to take a federal reserve chairman ben bernanke's n
-- gives his state of the union address th. "washington journal" will be live. >> on tomorrows "washington journal" we will begin with a discussion of the top of the republican caucus. an advocate the high-speed rail plan with the american public transportation association. kevin carey will talk about the president's state of the union speech. nyu professor on mexico's war against drug traffickers. "washington journal" is live at 7:00 a.m. eastern here on c- span. saturday, the history of executive power from george washington to george of the bush. john hughes talks about his book "crisis and command." it is part of our book tv weekend. >> american test is spreading good will overseas. >> i think so. >it is like a religion. >> he was without question the single most important figure in it jess in the 20th century. -- in jazz in the 20th century. >> now i indicate u.s. relations with north and south korea. you hear from james steinberg. the woodrow wilson center hosted this 50 minute event. they will be partnering with the institute for the eastern studies. we are honored to welcome a very
in washington. at stake it well is jobs, energy, the environment, abortion, the war's oversea. we have much to talk about. moreover, the candidates are seeking to fill a seat that is legendary in american politics. among the giants of the past, ted kennedy and his brother john, to henry cabot lodge, charge sumner, daniel webster, and john quincy adams. those are some shoes to fill. this debate is sponsored by the edward m. kennedy institute for the united states senate. where it gathered at the boston campus of the university of massachusetts, on whose land the kennedy institute will eventually be built. in an order determined by lottery, let me introduce the three candidates that are with us. scott brown, the republican candidate, is in his third term in the state senate welcoming -- representing the north folk district. martha coakley, the democratic candidate, was elected in 2006 after serving eight years as district attorney of middlesex county. joseph kennedy, no relation to the late senator, is an independent candidate who was a member of the national libertarian party pretty worse in
the new american foundation and washington monthly magazine hosts this event. >> thank you all for attending. we really appreciate you all being here today. my name is paul glastris. i'm the editor-in-chief of the washington monthly and a senior fellow here at the new america foundation, so on behalf of the washington monthly and a new america thanks for coming. we are here today to discuss this special report just released in the current issue of the washington monthly called the "the agent orange boomerang" which you can read it washington monthly.com. am ghaffari start ridges monta thanked america come less thank the staff of the washington and the ford foundation for his support. from 1962 to 1971 the u.s. military sprayed close to 20 million gallons of the herbicide agent orange across vietnam to defoliate dense jungle in order to better protect personnel and equipment from north to south and to destroy enemy crops. bats burring we now know left behind a residue of dioxin persisted in highly toxin-- toxic chemical and over the next two decades american soldiers who served
article in october of 2008 in the "washington post" that whoever was going to win the election the next month was still going to be a senator whether it was mccain or obama and that they should move immediately to develop a fiscal policy instead of waiting until the spring of 2009. well, president obama did weight. in fact he stepped out of the assignment immediately after winning the election. moreover he returns the responsibility for designing that fiscal stimulus to the congress. and i think that in richer spec was a serious mistake. the result was that we had a 787 billion-dollar plan which delivered much less stimulus, much less increase in gdp, much less improvement in employment then $787 billion should have. too much of it went into transfers, into payments for states to finance further transfers by the states and to protect public sector jobs. it was a low multiplier use of funds. nevertheless, it did work as alan krueger said. it worked in a sense and we thought now and finite numbers at the gdp has been better in the past couple of quarters than it otherwise would have. but
into the recent attempt to bomb a northwest flight near detroit. and on "washington journal" we'll look at the terrorist threat and the government protests in iran and the hivetry and role of the federal reserve. >> several events to tell about today on c-span. the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, speaks at the washington center for interns on the role of the military. that's at 10:00 a.m. eastern. at noon eastern, a discussion of conflict in the developing world hosted by the wilson center and catholic relief services. and we'll be live from the national archives at 7:00 p.m. eastern for a discussion of president nixon's meeting with elvis presley in 1970. the photo of the two together is the most requested photo from the archives. >> i'm always concerned about the potential unforeseen consequences, unintended consequences of new regulations. new regulations or regulations of any kind act as a tax. when you tax or regulate something, you tend to get less of it. you tend to diminish it. >> this weekend on "the communicators" republican f.c.c. commissioner robe
market you might be on in northern virginia, washington, d.c., 1200 points the last two weeks were in roanoke were richmond might be on 1500 or 2000 points. [inaudible] >> guest comment acutely behind it that it's not really the minimum. i think the minimum is the 900 range behind and ad. let's just say you're going to run three ads in your campaign and let's say a six-week bike, you could run 500 points in first week, 500 points the next week and over the course of that two weeks, have accumulated enough points behind the first attitude then go onto the next ad. we like to run two ads at times or you're not just communicating a 30, second job but really like 60-second chunks. so one ad might be a bioactivity, another ad is a specific issue. that to ad up to more substance for the voter. but it takes longer to guess would like to get the minimum 900 to 1000 would be had under behind it. talked about two tracks. everything should work in concert in the campaign. i heard you haven't talked about mail yet but you would like to go direct milby in the same message as your television as
in washington that -- then you use the information. if you wish to do that, remember, you're assuming the information then is right. wisely, you would have checked it beforehand. now, when that senator gave that to me, i assumed it was off the record and i walked away and i did not use it in my piece that night, only to get a call from him the following morning saying why didn't you use that? i gave it to you to use. i wanted that on the air. and i said, but, senator, you said it was off the record. he said don't be hung up on terminology like that. if i'm giving you information, use it. then it's the reporter's responsibility, should it be the reporter's responsibility to figure out whether the information is of a sort that he the reporter can figure out and use. last night i was -- i'm absolutely hooked on ole miss ris and so i was watching a movie called "north side 777." jimmy stewart made it about 50 years ago. it is about a reporter who approaches a story at first with extreme skepticism. he writes it but doesn't think it's right at all. the information that he is writing is rig
today. from "the washington times," "pelosi sees democrats close on health care." stories about the use of the excise tax on high-cost insurance, the difference between the house and senate. nework times," "obama cost insurance." in "the washington "experts remain skeptical of taxing health benefits." finally come in "the wall street journal," it david wessel writes about the lessons of medicare part d. finally, from a local perspective, this goes back to the discussion about access. "the miami herald" as a story about "the jackson halts dialysis of poor patients." they cannot afford it anymore. guest: the striking thing to me is that we are becoming aware of these kinds of situations. it has been a common at -- it is fascinating to me that it that is finally a front-page piece of news, because the point at which we have been turning people away from care, struggling to figure out how to get coverage for people when they have dialysis, cancer troubles curren our experience for a while. host: the chief executive of the jackson held system -- health system is quoted as saying that the dec
of our state and the country to go to washington to address these issues. i hope that as a nation and as a commonwealth that we can do better in the future. i will continue to fight in address them here but everyone in massachusetts who cares about these issues. for me and for you, it the campaign comes to an end. there is plenty of work to do here is massachusetts. we will always remember our trip they senator ted kennedy and his words, "the work begins anew. the hope rises again. the dream lives on." thank you. thank you. [chanting "martha"] >> thank you very much. i'll bet they can hear all this cheering down in washington, d.c. and i hope they're paying close attention, because tonight the independent voice of massachusetts has spoken. [cheers] from the berkshires to boston, from springfield to cape cod, the voters of this commonwealth defied the odds and the experts. and tonight, the independent majority has delivered a great victory. i thank the people of massachusetts for electing me as your next united states senator. [cheers] [chanting "41"] every day i hold this office,
.s. institute of peace here in washington, this is about two hours. we want to let you know that we will show you as much of this as we can until the discussion of texting and traffic was gets underway. that will be about 11:30. >> this is our first public event on afghanistan of 2010. i am happy that we had such a good turnout. i look forward to a frank discussion with our distinguished panelists today on a subject that clearly has been getting a lot of attention over the last year given what we saw during the difficult election season in afghanistan last year. it has not yet gone away. once we got through the difficult process of the elections last year, people were breathing a collective sigh of relief that we moved on and we could actually get on with governance in afghanistan and moving forward with strategic objectives and the country. but yet we have another election seemingly just around the corner and so we have to ask the question, what does that mean for afghanistan's political development? but does that mean for international programs in the country? -- what does that mean for int
to save our common country. just days before his death, president lincoln during the people of washington to celebrate the fall of richmond. despite his love of the union and loathing of the confederacy, the president called upon the white house to strike up the tune of dixie. numbers the question his motives, president lincoln famously enter, "am i not to strike my image by making friends?" the genius lies in the spirit behind those words. in the darkest hour of our republic, he showed a said a pursuit of common ground with all its light our path. with the weight of a trembling republic of on his shoulders, lincoln was transformed prematurely from a young man to an old man. in his gaze across our national mall, across our nation, the public he saved, the lies he created, his spirit burned on fiercely and forever. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the speaker of the united states house of representatives, nancy pelosi. >> thank you very much. i want to extend appreciation to the leadership of the bicentennial commission for bringing us all here together today and for keeping the torch o
members of congress to find more bundeled money. that's the last thing we need here in washington, candidates spending more time finding deep pocket checks. >> it could also mean a rogue corporation can look around at the votes that are cast, 1,000 votes a year, pick a vote or two they don't like and a congressman they don't like and a district that has $500,000 or $1 million spent in a campaign, and they can plow in $5 million or $10 million and recycle elected officials or bring on elected officials who are simply puppets to that corporation rather than serveing the public's interest. >> i would also add i think one effect of today's elections is the amount of corporate wealth that can be spent. take the fortune 100 companies. they had something like $15 trillion in revenues. during the last election cycle and several hundred billion dollars in profits. imagine what that kind of money can do if a candidate is running for office and a corporation can spend $10 million or $15 million for or against that candidate. doesn't it emake sense that that candidate is going to be beholden
topics on this morning's "washington journal" include jobs, and afghanistan. that starts at 7:00 with your calls. later today, we will hear from the chairman of the joint chiefs, admiral mike mullen at the center for strategic and international studies. on my coverage starts at 3:00 p.m. eastern. first lady michelle obama and others outlined plans for reducing obesity in the u.s. in children. besides the first lady, we will hear from the health and human services secretary, kathleen sebelius. >> the national resource office for a 2600 ymca's across the country and welcome to harriston guest, mrs. obama -- welcome to our guest, mrs. obama and others. i would also like to thank the staff of the alexandria ymca, especially the branch executive director and the leaders of the ymca of metropolitan washington. we have the president and chief executive officer and the executive vice-president of organizational advancement, the chief operations officer and a senior vice president for program development. the ymca is so very honored to be a partner in this important effort and proud to
the -- regarding -- [unintelligible] >> good morning, everyone. president obama and democrat leaders in washington face a choice. they can work with republicans on common-sense policies to create jobs, or they can turn their backs on the american people. thus far, it sounds like the president and the speaker plan to ignore what happened in massachusetts and what happened -- passing the reconciliation process. nobody wants this bill but washington special interests. if they jam it through, they will face a firestorm from the american public. this morning, i cannot help but notice this headline of this article. democrats were to finance their messages. oh, my god. they may be out of touch with what the american people are saying. what we learned in massachusetts is this. democrats are not listening to the people. republicans are listening. the american people are asking where are the jobs? out of touch washington democrats are responding with their job killing agenda. they are continuing to try to move through the senate, tax hikes on middle-class families and businesses that are trying to save and
washington. this is 45 minutes. >> good morning. first we will ask you to turn of sophos or at least put them on beep. i am the director of the commission on the prevention of weapons of mass destruction proliferation and terrorism. our chairman, senator bob gramm and vice chairman senator jim talent will first provide an overview of the report card dewaal half. we will then have some brief remarks from carey who is representing the results of 9/11 and will have to lead back for another hearing of on the hill. and the will of time for q&a after that, so mr. chairman, the floor is yours. >> thank you for a much, mr. kroll larson and for the great leadership that you've provided over this past year. we have started the day with breakfast with families of 9/11. in many ways they are responsible not only for our commission but for the 9/11 commission. it was their emphasis of the importance of understanding what happened in order to prepare america to avoid a repetition that led to the creation of the 9/11 commission. one of the findings of the 9/11 commission was the ultimat
not sign a refusal agreement. i withdraw from the policies of the new york fed. my colleagues in washington and new york can attest to that. >> there was no formal agreement? >> no. as i said what i did is withdrew from and this was important to do. a sitting president in the new york fed be nominated secretary of treasury. i withdrew from that was the right thing to do at that time. thank you for clarifying that. a lot of people think the president of the new york fed works with the u.s. government. you work with the private banks that elected you. >> that is not true. >> can you supply the names of the people on the bed that elected you in 2003? >> that is a matter of public record. of course we can do that. >> connect to say something? what you said is not true. i work in the public interest. they worked for the government. >> the people do not elect you. it is the individuals who sit on the board of the new york said that a room like you -- that elect you. >> it is more complicated than that. >> they are elected by their boards. it requires the approval of the chairman of the board in w
's the second use. third use is outside washington, d.c. you can use paid media to, again, raise the visibility of the issue. one of the things that we did once is when i was with working on another clean air campaign, we ran ads on the need for more fuel-efficient cars in a place, and the representative who we were aiming at, his wife heard them on the radio back home. and she made it clear to her husband that he needed to be good on this issue. and so we were able to raise the visibility of the issue by running them at home. in addition, you can use them to persuade, to seek the support of an elected official before a decision is made. now, that example we said, you know, be sure to call congressman x and get him to vote for cleaner car cans. cars. and, in fact, we ran the ad so much that his wife went to one of our champions on the committee, another congressman, and said, please, take off the ads. we'll vote with you, okay? and so the ad was very successful in persuading the congressman to support our position. so you can use them to persuade. you have to do that, of course, before the deci
their visits to washington, d.c., must be consistent, resolute, and invoke the nation's principles and values. i offer my staff support, direct support to you during your travels to the region, and invite you to stop in honolulu and visit u.s. pacific command on your way to or from a this area of responsibility. finally, i would like to thank this committee for the strong support you provide to the men and women of the united states military. despite being involved in two wars, our retention and recruiting rates remain very strong, which is a direct reflection of the quality of life initiative supported by you and by the american people. on behalf of more than 300,000 men and women of u.s. pacific command, please accept my sincere appreciation for the work that you do for us and for this great nation. thank you, and i look for to answer your questions. >> thank you, admiral. secretary gregson? >> mr. chairman, members of the committee, thank you very much for this opportunity to appear today to discuss recent military and security developments in the people's republic of china. i'm pleased to
. and they will report back to washington. i think the voice of the backseat driver's is going to get lost. if we are serious about developing this strategy, and where we see afghan agriculture and development, a long, hard, dirty challenge, as essential to national security, and if the secretary is serious, the real question will be how they are going to listen to each other, and how will they make certain that the debate -- that they understand the major issues. if they get that right, we could transform the debate. if not, this is a huge promise and a lack of delivery. >> thank you very much. i will open this to the floor, and i will take a couple of questions. >> i am from the philadelphia inquirer. when you talk to the ministers in afghanistan, what they say, is can you train the staff because if we can get people trained to go out to the districts, they can do the work that you cannot for security reasons. when i was in afghanistan, the minister from agriculture had one u.s. staff person come to his ministry. this is a long way from what we said that we wanted to do. how we can train these
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for the courts in the washington area. i see tragic cases all the time, cases perhaps somewhat like your mother where they've been a permanent resident for decades and for example because congress has to find as an aggregated felony a misdemeanor shop lifting offense for which you get one year suspension in jail and this triggers mandatory attention. the same with someone who's been a permanent resident since the internet as a child and have misdemeanor marijuana conviction for which they got probation. detention on re-entering the united states. so i'm just wondering how we might make your job easier if the department could support fine-tuning immigration laws to not have these kind of consequences where you are detaining and prosecuting people for, excuse me, offenses which have been dealt with as not serious offenses under the state law. would you encourage the department to support changes in the law in congress? >> its long term permanent time and i think if and when there is a serious effort afoot in the congress to revisit the immigration law we and ground of deportation the would be an
political power. he told the story that they had studied every leading power broker in washington, every influence-public organization from the chamber of commerce to others. . he said they all hire former members of congress. they all hire former staff members from the hill but fannie mae and freddie mac for the only ones that were study that hired the spouses and children of the former staff members and the former members of congress. that is, political power base sought to have. nobody would ask questions at the forum. they were afraid to ask questions. ralph nader was at the front of the room and had to hand out index cards to the people could best their questions forward because if you ask a question in public about fannie mae or freddie mac, you were put on a list. you've got phone calls. everybody in your office got phone calls for the money to your organization dried up. congress stopped getting political campaign contributions for it was incredible. you cannot describe how much political power they had grea. we have to figure out a way to decide what to do with what is left of p
. >> in some parts. >> some of the 9/11 legislation. there was a failure in washington to immediately to regulations, training. otis kind of hard to stop everything you are doing entrain everybody immediately when something happens and it was not a deliberate attempt to subvert the law or delivered-- a deliberate attempt to deny people rights. it was a lack of maybe discipline and education as part of your agents and when this was brought to your attention, you put them into it and handing-- had been handling it in the correct way ever since. >> certainly nobody intended to subvert the law. i did not put into place the requisite machinery to ensure that. we doggett the i's and cross the t's and assured we handle the properly the issuance of national security letters during that period of time and as you indicate the last exigent letter was issued in 2006 and as i quoted from the ig report, i believe the ig believes that we have correctly addressed the problem and did so some time ago. >> it was an error that should not have occurred but if anybody who has run a big organization they k
in places like washington, nebraska, connecticut. by three times as much in mississippi, utah. four times as much in minnesota and south carolina. six times as much in alabama. around our nation, states have closed parks, stiffed vendors, thrown people off medicaid, stopped plowing snow, and released thousands of dangerous criminals from prison early. overnight last night the citizens of iowa were protected by seven state troopers total. we have done none of those things and don't intend to. sadest of all, our sister state, at least 40 of them, are doing the worst thing possible in times like these -- they are raising taxes. adding to the burden on families already in distress and making their economic climate even less attractive to new jobs than they were before -- michigan, wisconsin, new jersey, at least 11 more have raised income taxes. ohio, oregon, minnesota and 30 more have raised gas taxes. many constituents have raised multiple taxes at the same time. i hope you will join me in saying tonight for the people for whom we all work, we will make the hard choices. we will stretch the
of new york and the federal reserve board in washington played a very active role in thinking through those difficult choices. >> but i'm not sure i got the answer in. >> well, let me say it again. i personally played no role before the 24th or after in making those decisions, but you ked whether any employees of the new york fed did, of course, they did. >> when you were the president of the federal reserve bank of new york, when did you recuse yourself from matters involving specific companies and why did you recuse yourself? >> on november 24th, the president announced his intention to nominate me at secretary to the treasury. that forced me to make a set of decisions about what was appropriate for me to do given the unique circumstances of that time. and after consulting with the chairman of the federal reserve, with the chairman of my board, with my general counsel, and with a range of other officials, collectively we decided that it was in the best interests of the fed and the incoming administration for me to remove myself from day-to-day involvement in the fed's policy issues,
. that is the environment that many of us hoped for when it came to washington. that is what the president hoped for. there would be an american way, he was going to bring down the partisanship, and we began the year with a stimulus bill that must $787 billion which was passed with democratic votes. from my standpoint, rather than looking at the coalition's where there are democrats or republicans to support the stimulus plan, health care plan -- that really would enable us to move forward recognizing and that neither party is the repository for having the correct answer. i think, in some ways, the president is driven by the leadership in congress. harry reid and nancy pelosi helped the president make the decision to pass these legislative priorities. getting 218 democrats to vote for a piece of legislation was an easier way to move for a rather than getting 60 democrats and 60 republicans moving legislation forward. they moved to the president in a position that said we recommend you take a more partisan approach and we not go along the bipartisan approach on three major pieces of legislation. i am
model for regulation on the regional level at the sec. is only in washington that we've had this problem. and it's not always been the case. prior to about 10 years ago, the sec was, in our estimation, the crown jewel of federal agencies. they knew what they were doing. they knew what they were supposed to do. they knew how to work with all the other players to get the biggest bang for the buck. so it's been very disheartening for all of us, state securities regulators and others, to see this occurring. >> okay. mr. holtz-eakin? >> thank you, mr. chairman. and thank you to the witnesses for taking the time to be with us today. let me begin with the standard admonition that we thank you very much for your answers to the questions we get to ask now, but we would as your cooperation as well in answering questions that we would submit in writing after this hearing and look forward to working with you. i have a couple of questions that are going to reveal that i know nothing about the kinds of things that you do, and i guess the first one goes to you, attorney general madigan, which is it see
the sum of its parts. third, we are working to improve the coordination of development across washington. in the 21st century, many government agencies have to think and act globally. the treasury department leads and coordinates our nation's engagement with the international financial system. the justice department fights transnational crime. disease kroll -- control is a disease kroll -- control is a global cha so is the quality of air and water way is something the epa has expertise in. a growing number of agencies broaden their scope internationally and an important expertise and capacity, even working on the same issue from different angles. coronation has lagged behind. the result is an array of programs that overlap or contradict. this is a source of growing frustration and concern. it is also an opportunity to create more forceful and effective programs. the challenge facing u.s. aid and the state department is to work with all the other agencies to coordinate need and support effective implementation of the administration's strategy. this is our core mission, to our permanent wo
. poking at rich is a part of the game in washington. you said your schools are underresourced. i know about the schools that people go to. if you did the kind of analysis on those schools that steve wilson did of that district, are you sure you'd end up that they are underresourced? >> i can't really speak to that. i do know that the work of margaret rosa and others have shown that there is inequity and resource allocation between schools. >> largely because of lower teachers salaries because of new more junior teachers, i think. >> yes. >> okay. why did you find steve's paper for optimistic than john's? >> i guess because in speaks about the motivation piece and that's sort of why i chose to focus, i think it's a little to say, well, it's really hard for a teacher to invest students. so we have to turn to technology. i think that's letting the profession off the hook. i think that's the hard work of teaching? you have to figure out how to do it. you have to figure out how to invest students and people in their lives that are influencers in order for kids to really succeed. >> one mor
that earlier. we heard from among others, christopher mail, to washington in early summer of 2002 around may that the british were offering a land contribution. a division, a big package. that was the impression that had lodged itself in the hearts of the american administration. this was long before the prime minister had taken any such decision. were you aware that this had happened? >> i don't think so, know. my recollection of those events is there was a sense in which we were disappointed after crawford that we hadn't received a request from the united states to send someone to tampa and i don't know how that was resolved. it wasn't until the end of june or july that we actually sent general pig and his team, it was a long period of wondering what was going on and wondering why we weren't being involved. >> the americans saw that we were coming in in a big way. would that have undermined to a degree your ability to exercise influence over the process in a way you wanted to do? >> it logically follows yes. that was not -- i answered in a different way already. a wasn't persuaded at that
archbishop of washington at the ordinary of this diocese here. [cheers and applause] crp programs. this is live on c-span. but the same firms have recorded a record profits and are handing out lavish bonuses. some continue to follow reckless compensation practices. this is because we have been irresponsible corporate coacher where american ceos are awarded large bonuses and a generous stock options even when their companies performed poorly. this has been typical in the past 25 years. the total real compensation of ceos grew sixfold in this time. the case against the pay of american ceos looks even more powerful by recognizing that the typical american company receives -- american company had received more total compensation that the company head of most developed countries. clearly, american ceos are being rewarded over ceos elsewhere, even when per-capita income of the countries do not differ much. recent headlines have focused on financial firms, we cannot ignore other sectors. in fact, the five ceos all outside of finance or recently named the highest paid worst performers. th
political practioners of washington, d.c. will acknowledge we do a very good job in the grassroots arena. in this day and age, grassroots as a campaign tactic in elections as well as legislative advocacy becomes more and more important. everybody in this room i'm certain have heard the term "grassroots" but if you were to give a functional working definition of what grassroots it's a little bit difficult. it's kind of nebulous if you will. so let me kind of walk you through what we believe grassroots to be at the national rifle association. what we are talking about is both educating and empowering citizens to engage in the legislative and political processes. these are the same side of the coin. it's critical you have a constituency that's educated that understands the dynamics of the issues and understands how to take that information and actively have an impact on the process. two of the most dangerouswsá ts i think you can have is somebody who has all the knowledge on a particular issue but no way to translate that knowledge into action. conversely to have somebody who's ready to c
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